Gentrify this

A look into the impact of commodification on social mixing in public spaces In her analysis of measuring public space, Georgiana Varna examines the roles of public space and what it has become (as a result of intentional or unintentional drivers).  Her extensive research into urban design and the surrounding theories has led her to…
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It’s Time to Reinvent the Eco-Village!

In a lecture presented by IDPartnership, the first slide outlined their company aim, which read: ‘creating sustainable places that enrich the lives of inhabitants and inspire people to live in an environmentally responsible manner.’ [1] I then wondered what extremity we can reach to design sustainable places. In my research I found a type of…
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A blogpost on my thoughts about blogposts

I had never written a blogpost until I wrote my first one for this page. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the experience, or if it was something I would enjoy, or even what the right or wrong way to write a blogpost was. Although, over the duration of this experience, I came…
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Get on your bike: Reintroducing sustainable transport.

A substantial 15% of the pollutants contributing to climate change come from the exhaust fumes from automotive vehicles. Whilst the advancement of electric car technology will reduce these emissions, this will only help in the global sense if the electricity is itself produced by sustainable methods. It is therefore vital that we encourage the sustainable…
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Staiths South Bank, Gateshead – What Would Erskine Say?

Whilst urban design remains a broad, multi-disciplinary practice, there are several elements that urban design must consider when trying to create better places for people. These include aspects such as sustainability, aesthetics, functionality, diversity and flexibility. Such components are particularly relevant and necessary in residential developments in which, theoretically, people should be at the fundamental…
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(Un)Sustainable Public Transport?

The holy trinity of walking, cycling and public transport usually springs to mind when the term ‘sustainable transport’ is mentioned, whilst private vehicles sits at the polar opposite. Transport Canada identifies the goal of sustainable transport as “[ensuring] that environment, social and economic considerations are factored into decisions affecting transportation activity” (VTPI, 2017). However, with…
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MISSION POSSIBLE: Crime prevention through environmental design

One of discussion topics of Tim Townshend’s lecture briefly touched upon Jane Jacob’s ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’. While reading the book, I have encountered an intriguing chapter, namely ‘The uses of sidewalks: safety’[1]. It essentially urges to provide a safer and securer environment for people in the streets. Given that crime…
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Welcome to The Netherlands, Where There are More Bikes Than People!

Arriving in Amsterdam, summer of 2016, enthusiastic to fully integrate myself into Dutch culture on my much-anticipated study abroad exchange, I faced my first hurdle. My first step to becoming a local meant that I had to master the art of cycling in Amsterdam.After some very bad bartering at Waterlooplein Market, I completed my initiation…
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PESTLE & WATER: ZERO-WASTE ON THE HIGHSTREET

Based in the heart of Grey Quarter in Newcastle City Centre, Grainger Market is a 19th century covered market hall home to over 100 small, independent businesses. Its importance to the local economy is paramount, and it provides a home for small garden centres, pubs, restaurants and DIY shops to name but a few. One…
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Garden Villages: A 19th century solution to a 21st century problem?

CAN GARDEN VILLAGES SOLVE TODAY’S PROBLEMS OR DO THEY MERELY RISK CREATING DISGUISED SUBURBIA?   Turning in his grave or jumping for joy, how would Ebenezer Howard, mastermind of the Garden City movement, react to the latest wave of garden villages to be announced? Unfortunately, it could easily be the former. Seaham, discussed in IDP’s…
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